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Members of a House Committee today questioned DHS officials about the agency's monitoring of social networks and media organizations for information that "reflects adversely" on the agency or the federal government. Several members expressed support for EPIC's proposal that DHS suspend the program, warning that this activity violates First Amendment rights. New questions also arose when the DHS witnesses claimed that no other federal agencies were engaged in similar practices. According to many news sources, the FBI wants to monitor social media. The House hearing was called after EPIC obtained nearly 300 pages of documents detailing the Department of Homeland Security's activities. For more information see: EPIC v. Department of Homeland Security: Media Monitoring.https://epic.org/foia/epic-v-dhs-media-monitoring/

Opening Statements, Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Subcommittee Chairman

Witnesses: Ms. Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security

Witness: Mr. Richard Chávez, Director, Office of Operations Coordination and Planning, Department of Homeland Security